It's not every day you see Tom Brady make a tackle, never mind take down a teammate ... on a baseball field. But sometimes truth is stranger than fiction because that is exactly what happened on Monday afternoon.
The Patriots were invited to Fenway Park to celebrate their Super Bowl LI victory and throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Red Sox season opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the guys, quite simply, had a fun day at the ballpark.
With the sun shining down, Tom, Robert Kraft, Rob Gronkowski, James White and Dion Lewis emerged from the outfield, Lombardi trophies in hand, and the crowd gave the Patriots a standing ovation as they made their way to the pitcher's mound. While Rob, James and Dion rocked their navy jerseys, Tom wore his white Super Bowl LI jersey, which Mr. Kraft returned to him earlier that day.
Tom hoisted the jersey in the air, but the glory of the moment only lasted a few seconds, as Gronk leapt up to snatch it out of his hands. Gronk took off running throughout the infield until Tom was able to bring him down. Luckily for Gronk, Tom let him off with just a laugh.
Tom was given first pitch honors, and Dustin Pedroia made the catch behind home plate. To the tune of a classic "Brady" chant, Tom went high over the plate for a solid return to his baseball days. Tom, Gronk, James, Dion and Mr. Kraft then kicked off what would be a winning day for the Red Sox with the two words baseball fans have been waiting all winter to hear: "Play ball."
For photos from Red Sox Opening Day, check out the gallery below.
The New England Patriots were honored on the field at Fenway Park prior to the Rex Sox season opener on Monday, April 3, 2017.